Julia Older

Julia Older has written poetry, essays, fiction, nonfiction and plays. Four of her eleven poetry books are booklength poems, including the mythical journey of Hermaphroditus in America and Tahirih Unveiled, based on the life of Persia’s first women’s rights activist.


Literary honors include a First Hopwood Poetry Award from the University of Michigan, Mary Roberts Rinehart Grant for Prose, North Carolina First Poetry Book Grant, Independent Publisher Bronze Poetry Medal, First Daniel Varoujian Poetry Award, several Pushcart nominations, and fellowships to the Iowa Poetry Workshop, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony.


Two historical novels from Older’s Isles of Shoals Trilogy were featured in Reading Group Choices national guidebook: The Island Queen, about celebrated Shoals writer Celia Thaxter, and This Desired Place, a 17th century New World saga which won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal for Best Northeast Regional Fiction (New England and New York).


Julia’s memoir, Appalachian Odyssey, recounts her adventure as the 19th woman to walk the 2000-mile Appalachian Trail and also contains many poems written en route. The Authors Guild selected the memoir for its Back-in-Print Series, and it received the National Outdoor Book Awards Classic Honorable Mention as "a lasting book that has proven to be a significant work in the field."


Other work by Older appears in Poets & Writers, The New Yorker, Entelechy International, New Directions, Amazon Shorts, Sisters of the Earth: Women Writing about Nature, and numerous other journals and anthologies. She writes from her studio in the foothills of Grand Monadnock, New Hampshire.



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Julia Older

Tales of the François Vase


Volume III in the Hobblebush Granite State Poetry Series. “Julia Older found one Greek vase that talked and is still talking, in defiance of weather, war, and malevolence.” —Andrei Codrescu.

Videos and Media

An Interview with Julia Older


Author Julia Older discusses the origin of her book, Tales of the François Vase.


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